Vacaville High School sophomore Nia Macay is among the tennis players that can now dust off their rackets in time for the season, which can start as early as February 1. (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

Sac-Joaquin Section combines all sports into one season

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Everything on the high school sports scene has changed virtually overnight.

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California health officials have ended the state’s regional stay-at-home order. That order was the only thing holding back high school sports designated in the purple tier from beginning competition, which could start next Monday.

Prior to Newsom’s announcement, the Central Coast Section and Northern Coast Section had moved all of their purple-tier sports — most of which were scheduled for the second half of the 2021 season — to the first half. Track and field, swimming and diving, golf and tennis joined cross country in the first half, with a start date of Jan. 25.

But, according to Monticello Empire League Commissioner Joan Mumaugh, the Sac-Joaquin Section has taken a different tack. The section’s Board of Managers met on Tuesday and condensed the two halves into one season.

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